DeSantis Interrupted By Protesters at Campaign Event

Matt Johnson from Omaha, Nebraska, United States, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Demonstrators from Sunrise Movement, an environmental advocacy group, interrupted Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis’ town hall in Iowa, hosted by Fox News. As part of the protest, they chanted “No oil money.”

The protesters started the chant after DeSantis responded to a question by a voter over Republicans who had tried to create distance between themselves and the abortion bans following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court in 2022.

DeSantis stated that he is the only candidate thus far who has managed to successfully enact abortion restrictions. During that statement, the protesters stood up, blocking the camera with a banner. They were escorted out shortly after their protest.

In a statement to The Hill, the Sunrise Movement pledged that they would continue to confront candidates ahead of the Iowa caucus. The group further mentioned that two of their activists had managed to sneak in questions about “fracking and green jobs” by alleging that they were undecided Republicans with questions relating to the economy.

Amalia Hochman, who was one of the people to ask a question during the town hall, argued that regardless of whether it was former President Donald Trump, President Joe Biden, or DeSantis, they were tired of having politicians who allowed people to die because they refused to “stand up to oil and gas millionaires.”

The Iowa caucus was set to take place on Monday, January 15. On Wednesday, January 10, CNN hosted a one-on-one debate between DeSantis and Nikki Haley.

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